Thrift Shop, Processing & Distribution Center Volunteers

Thrift Shop, Processing & Distribution Center Volunteers

So many ways to help

Housing Works depends on the generosity of volunteers in our fight to end AIDS and homelessness. Our thrift shops cannot run without the commitment and hard work of our staff and volunteers.

Volunteers like you started our very first thrift shop in Chelsea and continue to support us to this day in our shops. By volunteering at a Housing Works Thrift shop, you are directly responsible for providing funding to New Yorkers affected by homelessness and HIV/AIDS.

We’re always on the lookout for dynamic and friendly people to help provide great customer service and an outstanding thrifting experience in our shops. Volunteers will accept merchandise donations, assist customers at our fitting rooms, refill and organize our clothing racks and housewares shelves, assist to merchandise the shop, and work with staff on a wide variety of special projects. Each volunteer is trained to have knowledge of each area of the shop, and each person’s volunteer experience can be tailored to their personal skills and interests.

We invite you to become part of our thrift shop family.

Thrift Sales Associate
The Volunteer Sales Associate works to provide first-rate customer and donor services, maximizing sales and to support the daily operations of their respective Thrift Shop. Essential Job Functions include, but are not limited to assist with marketing the Shop in your neighborhood, conducting and completing sales, process donated merchandise, maintaining cleanliness and organization of sales floor, and ensure that inventory and pricing guidelines are complied with and maintained.

Please click here to view the full job description

Administrative Volunteer, Processing & Merchandising Volunteer (PDC)
Our Processing & Distribution Center (PDC) in Long Island City receives thousands of units of clothing per day. PDC volunteers help expedite processing donations and restocking stores, which ultimately helps generate greatly needed revenue for our organization. Processing & Distribution Volunteer tasks include sorting donations, hanging and tagging merchandise, and organizing inventory and back-stock. Administrative Volunteers assist staff with filing and organizing paperwork, answering phones, and all other administrative duties at the PDC. (Volunteer shifts at the PDC are Monday-Friday, 9 am – 1 pm or 10 am-2 pm.)

As a Housing Works Volunteer, you are encouraged to participate in any and all advocacy and activist activities. We hold rallies and civil disobedience actions wherever we can have a meaningful impact on pressing issues that affect homeless people and families living with HIV & AIDS.

Pre-requistes: Future Volunteers must fill out online form (link is below) and attend our Volunteer Information Session (click here to see the list of upcoming Info Sessions). You must be able to commit to volunteer for one (1) four-hour shift per 7 day work week for a minimum of 6 months. Shop hours vary and shift times can be flexible, for store hours, click on the store of your interest on the navigation bar on the right. Must be 16 and over to apply independently. Young people aged 14 and 15 must obtain working papers from their school and parent’s permission before attending a session.

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If you are not able to immediately meet these requirements, please wait until you are able to do so, or consider applying to our Bookstore Cafe or Admin Services as an alternative.

Questions? Please email us at Volunteer@housingworks.org

Thrift Shop Locations

2nd Ave & 64th Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10065

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Park Slope Thrift Shop

Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Broadway & 96th Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10025

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Hell’s Kitchen Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10019

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Soho Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10012

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Tribeca Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10007

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Yorkville Thrift Shop (Second Avenue & 90th Street)

New York, NY 10128

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West Village Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10014

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Upper East Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10021

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Columbus & 74th Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10023

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Gramercy Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10010

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Chelsea Thrift Shop

New York, NY 10011

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